Interview with Jourdyn Kelly

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on the Kindle app on my iPad
Describe your desk
It's usually my lap. :) If I do decide to work at a desk, it has to be clean or it'll bother me enough to make me stop writing and clean it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in different places, but mostly Arkansas. I suppose it influenced me because I lived on a mountain with nothing to do for miles. I had to use my imagination a lot.
When did you first start writing?
I can remember writing my first story at the age of 14. I don't remember what it was about unfortunately.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I won't reveal what the one I'm working on is about yet. But the last one I released is called Fifty Shades of Pink. It started out as a dare and turned into something I really enjoyed writing. It's a lesbian BDSM novella that connects with my other books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I got an answer back from a literary agent saying that I was a talented writer, but she didn't believe or agree with what I was writing, I decided I didn't want to deal with other people deciding for the readers out there what they should be reading. Writing is very subjective. Someone may love it, someone may hate it. But I don't like someone using their prejudices to keep my writing under wraps.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing someone tell me that it helped them in some way. That's what makes it amazing to me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I don't write for the sole purpose of becoming a "best seller". I write because I have to. Because I have all of these ideas in my head that need an outlet. And, I write because I want to be able to connect with others in a way that I normally couldn't because I'm shy. I love giving someone a character or two to love. If someone is entertained, moved, laughs, cries, gets upset...it's all worth it.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the next book in my LA Lovers series. Ellie's book. I've gotten a lot of feedback for Coming Home, and I'm hoping people will love Ellie's book just as much.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts (JD Robb), Radclyffe, Ali Vali, Carsen Taite...I adore writers who give the heroine in their books a strong voice.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. There's so much to see and do out there. I also do triathlons, so I have to get up and get out there to train! :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read or train for triathlons. I also love just doing absolutely nothing except watching TV and deep couch sitting. My brain is on all the time, and when I train, so is my body. When I can just sit and lose myself in something entertaining, it's all good.
Published 2017-02-02.
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